The Lake O’Hara Trails Club is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet four times per year and dedicate their efforts towards the stewardship of the trail system and enhancing the visitor experience.
Feel free to contact any one of us through firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note to Lake O’Hara Trails Club, Box 98, Lake Louise, AB, T0L 1E0. We would love to hear from you.
Meet the 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors
Leslie Taylor – President (Banff)
Leslie Taylor grew up as a nomadic “army brat”, but has put down her roots in Banff since 1981. Her work background is varied: Parks Canada, the mountain culture division of The Banff Centre, two terms as Banff mayor and two terms as a Banff councillor, interspersed over almost three decades with her work as a contract facilitator and trainer. Leslie loves Lake O’Hara for its landscape, but also for the wonderful people who have been part of its history.
Klaus Exner – Vice-President (Calgary)
Klaus grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, attended university in Edmonton and has lived in Calgary since 1976. He has always been drawn to the mountains but has been especially able to pursue this passion since retiring in 2006. He and his wife Bette have traveled and hiked in the Andes and the Alps as well as many spectacular places in western Canada, but they return to Lake O’Hara annually. Klaus first became involved with LOTC in 2007 and has been Director at large, Secretary, President and, since 2015, Vice-President of the Club.
John de Bruyn – Treasurer (Calgary)
Having hiked at Lake O’Hara and elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies for the last 30 years, John realizes how precious Lake O’Hara is, and how we all have an opportunity and obligation to keep it in its pristine condition. This core vision of the Trails Club is the reason John is happy to contribute to the board with his financial background.
Sue Webb – Secretary (Canmore)
Sue is never happier than when out hiking, so a position on the Trails Club Board was a natural fit. Born in Banff, Sue recalls many happy hiking trips to O’Hara with her family. She worked as a recreation programmer and planner with the Town of Banff for 26 years before retiring to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Trail design, construction, and signage are particular interests for Sue.
Judy Otton, Chair, Trails Committee (Canmore)
Judy Otton was first bitten by the Lake O’Hara bug in the early 1980s, when she spent a couple of years working on her Masters Degree project in the area. Since retiring from a career with Parks Canada, where she worked in a number of mountain park planning and management positions, Judy is excited to be involved in the O’Hara area again through the LOTC. She chairs the Club’s trails committee.
Tim Wake (Bowen Island)
Tim lived and worked at Lake O’Hara Lodge for 20 years (1975-1994) and helped re-activate the Lake O’Hara Trails Club in the late 70s from a few years of dormancy. He learned from Dr. George K.K. (Tommy) Link (the club’s co-founder); met Lawrence Grassi; and conspired with Banff writer/historian Jon Whyte, the author of Tommy & Lawrence, a delightful book (available at Le Relais) about the making of the ways and trails at Lake O’Hara.
Alison Millar (Canmore)
Alison has had the privilege of calling Lake O’Hara home for the past 20 years. Her primary responsibility with LOTC over that time has been keeping Le Relais operational in the summer months. The highlight continues to be working alongside a fantastic group of LOTC Board members, all committed to helping preserve and maintain this very special place.
Debra Hornsby (Banff)
Debra worked in communications for 30+ years, including stints as a CBC Radio producer, Public Information Manager at the Town of Banff, and as Director of Communications at The Banff Centre. In 2012 she came to her senses and retired, and now spends her time hiking, skiing, biking and running. When she isn’t heading down a trail, she works part-time as road warrior for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. She counts Lake O’Hara and its trails as one of her favourite places in the world.
Dan Verrall (Canmore)
Dan comes to LOTC with a rich background in the maintenance and improvement of backcountry facilities. He worked for the Alpine Club of Canada as clubhouse manager and then Facilities Maintenance Manager, looking after the club’s growing system of backcountry huts, including the two in the Lake O’Hara area. For seven years, he was involved in the creation, development and operation of Talus Lodge, becoming an ACMG hiking guide along the way. Now energetically trying to be semi-retired.